Friday, July 6, 2012

Exploding toilets more common than voter fraud

From Indecision Forever:
As noted by Mother Jones, actual instances of voter fraud are remarkably rare, with "13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation" occurring between 2000 and 2010, compared to 47,000 reported UFO sighting.

As it turns out, many more Americans are impersonating Elvis than illicitly pretending to be a voter. Here are 10 other occurrences more common than voter impersonation…
1. Babies named Unique (228 during the 1990s alone)

2. Shark attacks in the US (36 in 2011)

3. People Jack Bauer personally killed in one season of the TV show 24 (38)

4. Americans crushed to death by their furniture or televisions (about 15 per year)

5. Flushmate toilets that exploded on unsuspecting Americans before being recalled by the manufacturer ("304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries")

6. Being SET ON FIRE by your doctors during surgery (at least 100 surgical fires per year)

7. People claiming "Elvis Impersonator" as their primary occupation (84,000)

8. Americans killed by lightning (441)

9. Lemonade and other child-run snack stands shut down by government officials (dozens)

10. Americans who have a favorable view of North Korea (13%)

So what is the Republican reaction to 13 cases of voter fraud in the past ten years? They plan to disenfranchise 758,000 legal voters in Pennsylvania alone!

Of course, there's more to it than that:
In Philadelphia, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 6-1, 18 percent of the city’s registered voters do not have the state photo ID, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The data could have implications in the presidential race, in which presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has been trailing President Obama in Pennsylvania by an average of 8 percentage points. ...

This year, 32 states introduced voter ID legislation, either new proposals or amendments to strengthen existing laws.

To lower the number of Democrats voting, all you have to do is make it more difficult for Democratic-leaning constituencies to vote. Most people, after all, won't jump through hoops to vote.

So line up those hoops, Republicans! Who says you have to win ethically? Heck, if you cared about that stuff, you wouldn't be Republicans in the first place, would you?

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